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Registration fees

Information about the registration period, how registration fees are calculated and ways to pay.

The current annual registration fee is £90

Last updated: 30 November 2020

Registration fees for registered social workers

We will let you know when your registration fee is due via your online account. Annual registration fees are usually paid in full (£90) when you renew your registration or by Direct Debit in two instalments, 1 October (£45) and 1 April (£45).

Read more about Direct Debits and how to pay your registration fees.

We understand that you may be feeling anxious about your finances during the emergency. It’s important that you seek support if you are struggling to pay your registration fees. If you do not pay your registration fees, you are at risk of being removed from the register. You can read more about organisations that may be able to support you.

Registration fees for new applicants

If your application for registration is approved, you will need to pay a registration fee via your online account.

Registration fees must be paid within 10 calendar days of approval. If you do not pay your registration fees within 10 calendar days, we will close your application. This means that if you still want to practise as a social worker in England, you will need to make a new application to join the register.

Because you only pay the registration fee when your application has been approved, the fee is based on when we can process your application, rather than when you made the application.

Your first registration fee will be calculated based on the length of time remaining in the current registration period, so if your application is approved between:

  • 1 December and 28 February, you will pay £90.00
  • 1 March and 31 May, you will pay £67.50
  • 1 June and 31 August, you will pay £45.00
  • 1 September and 30 November, you will pay £22.50

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